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HP Monitor Compatability with Macbook

I have an HP LP2465 Monitor. If I log on to the HP web page it appears that their are only Windows drivers and no reference to Mac compatability. Perhaps, this monitor may not be compatable with the Macbook? When I'm in mirror mode, the Macbook recognizes the HP LP2465 Monitor, but doesn't activate the monitor through the Mini-DVI to VGA Adapter. The monitor just goes to sleep. Does anyone know of anyway to get Macbooks to work with HP Windows monitors? Are there drivers available for the Apple?

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Drivers are not normally required

In reply to: HP Monitor Compatability with Macbook

for an external monitor on a Mac as, for the most part, monitors are platform agnostic and only require the correct video signal (a standard that all computer manufactures follow) to be input to it.

Take a look at the keyboard and see if you can find the output key, it is usually a key that requires the fn key to be pressed at the same time. I cannot guarantee that there is one, I have nothing to check with.

Have you tried all the options in the System Preferences/Displays?

Has the monitor got a DVI input as well as a VGA input?


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Response to Drivers

In reply to: Drivers are not normally required

Yes, I would have thought the monitor would have been platform agnostic. The challenge is trying to get a signal from the MacBook to the monitor? In the Windows world you hit the func F5 and it would divert the signal, but not sure in Mac?

There doesn't appear to be any function keys that would send a signal to the HP monitor like there is within the Thinkpad environment. I experimented with a few with no luck.

I have tried all the system preferences (e.g. checked mirror box, hit detect displays and nothing. I even hit the input button on the monitor to see if it would detect the signal.

The monitor has two DVI inputs. My current setup uses a DVI-i to a VGA cable. This works for my IBM Thinkpad setup. When I unplug the Thinkpad and go to the MacBook I connect the VGA end into a VGA Adapter to Mini-DVI. I plug the Mini-DVI adapter end into the open MacBook slot. No signal to wake up the monitor?

The MacBook recognizes the monitor because it opens up a second window in the display system preferences and it states on the top of the second window HP LP2465. But there doesn't appear to be a signal being generated towards the HP screen to wake it up.

When I unplug it from the MacBook and put it back into the Thinkpad it works fine?

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The Mini-DVI to VGA cable,

In reply to: Response to Drivers

that is the one that came from Apple, right?

Just asking.


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Mini-DVI to VGA Cable

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Yes, this adapter came from Apple. J

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Not sure what is going on here,

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hopefully someone will pass this way and offer a solution.

The couple of times I used that type adapter was with a VGA projector and it worked as designed.


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Problem Resolved

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Problem resolved. I simply used a mini-DVI to DVI adapter instead of the mini-DVI to VGA adapter. For some reason the MacBook doesn't send a VGA signal? I plugged the mini-DVI adapter into the MacBook. The DVI end was joined to a male DVI adapter. The other end of the DVI adapter was plugged into the monitor (DVI connector). By making the whole link DVI and eliminating the VGA link the problem resolved.

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(NT) Way to go

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